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Death at sea - Two dead, 11 hurt after boat overturns

Two women have been confirmed dead after the boat in which they were travelling capsized off the coast of Port Royal in Kingston yesterday.Eleven other persons were rescued and taken to the Kingston Public Hospital for treatment.They were rescued by... (Jamaica Star)

Bloody Sundays - Road deaths spike on weekends

Sundays continue to be deadliest day on the nation's roads, accounting for twice the number of deaths that take place on Mondays.Statistics from the Road Safety Unit indicate that Sunday has accounted for 73 of the 373 deaths from 330 fatal crashes... (Jamaica Star)

Murder, suspected suicide in Rollington Town

The Rollington Town police are investigating the circumstances that led to the death of a man and a woman on Portland Road in Rollington Town, Kingston 16, on Thursday.Dead are 40-year-old Anita Taylor, higgler and 29-year-old Jonathon Riley,... (Jamaica Star)

Young farmer gets business name

When Conroy Shakespeare celebrated his 13th birthday last Saturday, it wasn't about the cake and festivities. Instead, the youngster spent his evening getting business tips and learning new ideas at a symposium that was held at Life Yard in Parade... (Jamaica Star)

Weekend Escape: Discovering Jamaica's 'hidden gems'

It has been almost two months since the launch of Weekend Escape where our team set out to unearth and highlight some hidden and unconventional attractions across Jamaica. Our journey has taken us to remote spots like Falling Edge Waterfalls in St... (Jamaica Star)

Gardens of Kingston: Tamarley balances music and entrepreneurship

Just say the name Tamarley, and the residents of Tower Street and surrounding communities in Parade Gardens will respond: "Yeah, man, a him a the big bad artiste inna the place."When THE WEEKEND STAR visited the area recently, the Rastafarian... (Jamaica Star)

Road upgrades to end early next year

The major road works across the corporate area should be completed by early next year.According to the National Works Agency (NWA), while it will have some "tidying up and finishing work on basically all of the projects", the aim is to have... (Jamaica Star)

Making fitness a way of life

Some of Jamaica's leading personalities have embraced exercise and dieting as a way of life. Dubbed 'fitfluencers' by THE WEEKEND STAR, these persons have embarked on their fitness journeys for varying reasons, but they all hope to influence their... (Jamaica Star)

Lucky to be alive - Woman narrowly escapes fiery Christmas Day crash

It was supposed to be a merry Christmas for Petrice McKenzie but it turned out to be anything but joyful. The businesswoman had closed the doors of her mini mart for the day and was chilling at her home when tragedy struck.Never in her wildest... (Jamaica Star)

Gardens of Kingston: Life Yard keeps Fleet Street alive

It is almost impossible to travel through Fleet Street in Parade Gardens and not stop to take a selfie beside the colourful wall murals, which is one of best examples of street art in this community.The captivating artworks, that also wrap sections... (Jamaica Star)

'Best Christmas ever' - family glad to be out of rat-infested shack

It was the 'best Christmas ever' for Shanice Joseph and her family, who on Monday moved into their new two-bedroom house in Effortville, Clarendon. In addition to having a near, clean and sturdy place to call home, Joseph was also reunited with her... (Jamaica Star)

Hurt in crossfire: Being shot in ankle disrupts Conrad Graham's life

Conrad Graham sits with his daughter Andrea and two other neighbours along the sidewalk on Fleet Street in downtown Kingston. His wandering eyes landed on the zinc fence that encircles his house, and a thousand thoughts appear to run through his... (Jamaica Star)

Three guns seized in St James

The St James Police seized three firearms and over 30 assorted rounds of ammunition just before Christmas.Reports are that between the hours of 5:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on Monday, a team of officers conducted an operation at a premises in York Bush... (Jamaica Star)

Some clear plastic bags exempt from ban

Persons who use plastic bags to package meat, flour, sugar, rice and baked products such as bread and bullas will not be impacted by the ban on single-use plastics that will take effect on New Year's Day.The Government has announced the imposition... (Jamaica Star)

Entrepreneurs ready to throw out the 'scandal'

A group of enterprising young entrepreneurs has been gearing up to fill the void anticipated from the impending government ban on single-use plastic items, which is slated to take effect on January 1, 2019.The operators of the fledgling business... (Jamaica Star)

Family gets home for Christmas

For the first time, Shanice Lewis' kids will be spending the Christmas holidays in a brand new home.This was made possible through the assistance of Otis James and two members of his James Friends Foundation, who have constructed a two-bedroom... (Jamaica Star)

Residents fight over calendars

The St Andrew South police say they were called to quash a dispute at a constituency office last week after residents traded blows during the distribution of New Year calendars and care packages.The usual holiday gesture by the political... (Jamaica Star)

Love & Devotion - Celebrating Christmas on the job

For persons working in the essential services, Christmas is just like any other day. Professionals such as police officers, firefighters, nurses and doctors have had to give up Christmas with their loved ones to ensure the health, security and... (Jamaica Star)

STAR, Digicel reward females for remixing carols

Three women who dared to remix their favourite Christmas carols were last Friday rewarded for their spirited performances in the STAR/Digicel Christmas promotion.Persons were asked to remix their favourite Christmas carol and upload a one-minute... (Jamaica Star)

Out in the cold - Man to spend holidays between homeless shelter and the streets

Sitting on Hanover Street in downtown Kingston, Jason Wright stares into space while two other men chat beside him. His clothing is partially dirty and his hair is unkempt.The 34-year-old was quick to point out that he has seen much brighter days.... (Jamaica Star)

Cops tell consumers to be on the lookout for counterfeit goods

Although the police have seized and destroyed more than $1 billion worth of counterfeit items, this has hardly created a dent in illicit trade.This is according to Assistant Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey, head of the Counter-Terrorism and... (Jamaica Star)

Returnees association head wants Gov't to do more

Percival Latouche, head of the Jamaica Association for the Resettlement of Returning Residents, says he is not impressed with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade's (MFAFT) latest initiative to protect returning residents.The returning... (Jamaica Star)

'Blue Mountain nuh normal a Christmas time' - Vendor excited by season

Although the nights are cold enough to make teeth chatter, the Blue Mountains and surrounding communities come alive during the Yuletide season.Christmas tree vendor Oral McLean says the child in him comes out each season, adding that this is the... (Jamaica Star)

Gordon House treats elderly for Christmas

Usually associated with bickering politicians going back and forth on national issues, Gordon House showed a different side yesterday.The wellness section of the Houses of Parliament hosted its annual treat for the elderly at the Gordon House in... (Jamaica Star)

Fire brigade sounds Christmas alarm

Arguing that holiday-related activities "increases our vulnerability to fires," the Jamaica Fire Brigade is imploring Jamaicans to take precautions to prevent fires this holiday season."At this time of the year, children are at home, we are... (Jamaica Star)

Woman throws acid on ex-boss

The Barnett Street police say they are still on the hunt for a woman who allegedly doused her former employer with acid.According to the police, the woman, whose name is being withheld, walked into the plaza in St James last Wednesday and threw the... (Jamaica Star)

Judge views evidence in Tommy Lee Sparta trial

The lottery scamming trial involving entertainer Tommy Lee Sparta and his co-accused O'Brian Smith is expected to continue today with the prosecution further showing the judge more evidence.The afternoon session yesterday saw Detective Corporal... (Jamaica Star)

'I see ganja differently now' - Former sceptic now cultivates marijuana

Hanna Farquharson loves getting a 'high' from marijuana, but the bubbly Epican staff member will readily state that she has never smoked a spliff."Just by smelling it one will get a high. If I am in the greenhouse all day, by the time I leave at... (Jamaica Star)

St Bess cops get tough on crime

Although her parish is not one of the parishes that has been targeted by the security forces as part of a massive islandwide operation aimed at reducing major crimes, head of the St Elizabeth police, Senior Superintendent Catherine Lord, says she is... (Jamaica Star)

Three Miles bypass improves traffic flow

Motorists in the Corporate Area are welcoming the opening of the new Chesterfield Drive extension road in St Andrew, noting that it has made a significant difference in the flow of traffic.The road, which was commissioned into service on December 2... (Jamaica Star)

Clarendon police treat children for Christmas

For 12 years, the Crime Prevention Committee of Clarendon, chaired by Custos William Shagoury, has been hosting treats for the children in all 13 police divisions in the parish.This year, Spaldings, which falls into the Manchester police division... (Jamaica Star)